Training and development

There are a number of opportunities and ways to access energy related training and development, some of which are listed below.

Centres for Doctoral Training

Centres for Doctoral Training bring together the expertise of several universities to offer Research Council funded PhD training on particular topics. Study takes place over four years and includes development of transferable skills.

Energy related programmes and those that have an energy element are listed below. More information can be found by visiting the University's dedicated web page.


Biotechnology and Biological Sciences
This leading BBSRC funded £12.5million doctoral training centre, explores advances in biotechnology, biofuels and bioeconomy, offering genuine opportunities to focus on world-wide challenges such as food security, new sources of energy and development of sustainable source chemical products. 


Carbon Capture and Storage and Cleaner Fossil Energy
Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC), the centre brings together the expertise of universities of Nottingham, Sheffield, Loughborough, Birmingham, the British Geological Survey, industrial sponsors and high-calibre PhD students to tackle global challenges.


Fuel Cells and their Fuels
With a mission to produce future energy leaders to tackle societal challenges with industrial innovation, the centre provides technical training, an insight in to working with industry, expertise and facilities from the universities of Nottingham, Birmingham, Loughborough, University College London and Imperial College London.


Innovative Manufacture in Composites
The Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub is led by the universities of Nottingham, Bristol and is supported by four High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centres and 18 leading companies from the composites sector. This forms a key element in the UK’s composites manufacturing research and development strategy. 


Modelling and Analytics for a Sustainable Society
This interdisciplinary centre brings together mathematicians with researchers in food science, bioenergy and renewable energy sources, storage and distribution. Mathematics quantify and predict the effects of alternative approaches through predictive modelling, statistical analysis and uncertainty quantification.


Resilient Decarbonised Fuel Energy Systems
Priority research themes include re-use and development of existing processes during the energy transition, decreasing CO2 emission from industrial processes and utilisation of CO2 as a feedstock, assessing options for decarbonising fossil fuel users in power generation and developing smarter and more flexible energy systems at lower cost.


Sustainable Chemistry
Chemistry, engineering, biosciences and business come together to provide students with research training and the technical, theoretical and entrepreneurial skills to enable them to become champions in sustainable chemistry. Research fall under three themes of renewables, sustainable synthesis and continuous manufacturing.


Sustainable Chemistry: Atoms-2-Products
This multi-disciplinary centre aims to achieve a sustainable pipeline of performance molecules from design-to-delivery. An integrated approach to sustainable chemistry will promote a culture of waste minimisation, emphasising the development of a circular economy in terms of materials and matter, replacing current modes of consumption and resource use.


Sustainable Hydrogen
The Sustainable Hydrogen Centre for Doctoral Training is a collaboration between the Universities of Nottingham, Loughborough, Birmingham and Ulster with the aim to undertake cutting edge investigations of hydrogen-based solutions to deep decarbonisation of the energy system. Themes explore the challenges for future hydrogen research and include cost reduction, innovations, safety and managing change.

Synthetic Biology
The centre has a remit to not only develop scientists but provide them with a broad understanding of industrial biotechnology. Projects are cross disciplinary by design, include an industry placement option and explore synthetic biology approaches in fields ranging from microbial metabolic engineering to techno-economic analysis.


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